Other forms: lashed; lashes; lashing

A lash is a sharp slap or strike with a rope or whip. In some parts of the world, lawbreakers receive a certain number of lashes as punishment for their crimes.

To deliver a lash is also to lash: "I instructed the jockey not to lash the horse," and another way to lash is to tie one thing securely to another. The part of a whip that actually connects with a person or animal's body is called a lash as well. When you lash out at someone, you either hit them or attack them in a figurative way, especially through angry words.

Definitions of lash
  1. noun
    a quick blow delivered with a whip or whiplike object
    synonyms: whip, whiplash
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    type of:
    blow, buffet
    a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon
  2. noun
    leather strip that forms the flexible part of a whip
    synonyms: thong
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    type of:
    leather strip
    implement consisting of a strip of leather
  3. verb
    beat severely with a whip or rod
    synonyms: flog, lather, slash, strap, trounce, welt, whip
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    flagellate, scourge
    whip with a leather strap
    whip with a whip intended for horses
    flog with or as if with a flexible rod
    flog with a cowhide
    beat with a cat-o'-nine-tails
    whip with a birch twig
    type of:
    beat, beat up, work over
    give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression
  4. verb
    strike as if by whipping
    synonyms: whip
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    whip with or as with nettles
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    deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon
  5. verb
    lash or flick about sharply
    “The lion lashed its tail”
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    sway, swing
    move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner
  6. verb
    bind with a rope, chain, or cord
    lash the horse”
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    untie the lashing of
    make secure by lashing
    type of:
    bind, tie
    fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord
  7. noun
    any of the short curved hairs that grow from the edges of the eyelids
    synonyms: cilium, eyelash
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    a covering for the body (or parts of it) consisting of a dense growth of threadlike structures (as on the human head); helps to prevent heat loss
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